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Saturday, December 3, 2016

New firmware now available for the UBCD436-PT and UBCD536-PT

There is a new firmware upgrade available for your UBCD436-PT (Handheld) and UBCD536-PT (Desktop) Scanners.

The firmware upgrade updates the frequencies to give the PT's the same range as the UBCD396XT.

25-520MHz 758-960MHz 1240-1300MHz
No more missing 800MHz frequencies.

Perfect for Tasmanian users who can now purchase either Scanner to monitor the Tasmanian EDACS system.

To update the firmware you must install Sentinel software (Australian Version).

You can obtain an updated copy of the Sentinel software from the Uniden Australia web page.

Click on the link below.

Once you have downloaded and installed the Sentinel software, connect your Scanner to your computer using the supplied USB cable.
Put your Scanner into programming mode.

Open Sentinel software, then click on the "Update" tab at the top of the page.

A menu will drop down. Click on "Update Firmware".

Follow the instructions on screen as they appear.

Once completed your Scanner will now have the latest firmware update and accept frequencies that previously where unable to monitor.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Uniden discontinue the UBCD396XT Handheld Scanner.

Uniden Australia have officially ceased production of the UBCD396XT handheld Scanner.
After nearly four years of production and virtually thousands of scanners being sold all over Australian it has finally reached the end of its life.
There are some excellent deals on offer on remaining Scanners through some Ebay sellers offering the UBCD396XT for as little as $360 each inc postage!

The replacement Scanner will be the BCD325P2-AU

The BCD325P2-AU is available from several suppliers or you can e-mail me direct at ubcd396xt@outlook to secure one.

I can supply the Scanner pre-configured to suit Victoria - South Australia or NSW.
(Government Radio Networks and Emergency Services.)

Saturday, May 28, 2016

APCO Phase II - The basic concept.

Many people have asked me - “What is Apco P25 Phase II for”?
A good example is the Victoria Digital CFA Network.
Currently the CFA Digital network uses an Apco P25 system, each frequency is based on a 12.5kHz step. (Space between each frequency)
At this point - only one channel or talk group can used for the individual frequency.
For example - Let’s say A CFA member may talk on frequency 161.0000.
While this frequency is being used, no one else in that general location can use the same frequency.
Ok - well thats not entirely true - but we want to keep this simple..disregard CTCSS and NAC codes for a minute.
To make better use of the CFA allocated frequencies, you can add Phase II, this means that two users can now talk on the same frequency at the same time without congestion or overlap of voice.
It’s as simple as that.
Phase II simply turns 10 frequencies into 20 useable frequencies by allowing a second transmission on the same frequency.
Now - a UBCD396XT Scanner is NOT Phase II capable..
A UBCD536-PT and a UBCD436-PT however are.
So when the CFA decide to start using Phase II, you may want to update your Scanner..
You can find out more here.

Friday, April 22, 2016

UBCD436-PT How to access your CFA Districts.

How to access your Favourites - (CFA Districts) on your UBCD436-PT.
Here is an easy way to turn your data ON or OFF via the Scanners menu.
Each CFA District is referred to as a ‘Favorite’. (Yes - It’s US spelling)
Each ‘Favorite’ can be turned on or off at your discretion.
Power up the Scanner.
Push the Menu pad on the left side of the Scanner.

The MENU button is located directly below the FUNC (Function) button, on the left hand side of the Scanner

Set Scan Selection will be highlighted.

Set Scan Selection

Push the E.yes button located on the bottom right of the keypad.

The E.yes button must be pushed to CONFIRM your selections. The E.yes button is located on the lower right hand side of the keypad.

Manage Quick Key Status will be highlighted.

Manage Quick Key Status

Push the E.yes button located on the bottom right of the keypad again.
Favorites Quick Key will be highlighted.

Favorites Quick Key will give you access to the complete list of 'Favorites' stored on the Scanners data-base

Push the E.yes button located on the bottom right of the keypad again.
At the top of the screen it will say `Set Quick Key Status’.

Set Quick Key Status screen will display the list of Favorites in the data base and the current status of each one.

By using the volume dial, rotate it clockwise to highlight your selection.
As you scroll down the list of each `District’, you will see to the right if that particular selection is ON or OFF.
Highlight the CFA district you wish to turn on or off and then push the E.yes button.
By pushing the E.yes button repeatedly it will turn the highlighted selection, on or off.
For example - If your only interest was to listen to District 4, you would turn ALL the others OFF and leave only District 4 ON.

The example above shows that only District 4 has been turned ON

Any combination or ‘Districts’ can be on at the same time.
There are no limits or preferences to how many or which ones are on or off, but remember – the more that are active, the slower the scanning rate.
Once you have completed your selection of what to monitor, simply push the SYSTEM button to put the Scanner into `Scan’ mode.
The Scanner will now only monitor the selections you have made.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Ozscan is now on Facebook.

Finding time to update my blog page on a regular basis is proving to be harder than I first expected.
Due to work and family commitments, finding the extra hour a week is almost impossible, with this being the first chance to update the site in weeks!

I have now created a Facebook page to also assist those who have purchased a UBCD536-PT Scanner or CFA members who have the UBCD436-PT Scanner.

You can view the Facebook page via this link.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Uniden Australia has recently imported the BCD325P2 Handheld Scanner into Australia.

This particular scanner was released shortly after the BCD436HP handheld was introduced in the USA.

The Scanner itself is a pleasure to use - the internals and how it operates is almost identical to the UBCD396XT Scanner, but with the bonus of having Apco Phase 2 capabilities.

It has a very large display and is quite easy to read and its general operation is quite easy via the front keypad. The main menu button is located on the front of the unit instead of the left side, as with the UBCD396XT.

Picture shows the BCD3252P-AU in comparison to size to a UBCD396XT and a BCD436HP

As I mentioned, the internals are virtually identical to the UBCD396XT in regards to how the data is stored and structured inside its memory. Anyone who has previously operated a UBCD396XT scanner will find this one a breeze to operate.

So far the only software I have used for my BCD325P2 Scanner is the BUTEL ARC XT and I can NOT confirm at this stage if it will actually work with the BCD325P2-AU.

Freescan is not compatible.

Manually entering data as well all know is a pain in the *****, so having software that is compatible is a must!

 I have been using the US model, BCD325P2, now for some months and found it a reliable robust Scanner with good audio and although it has a 'plastic' feel to it - it has been quite resilient to a few bumps and knocks while being used 'in the field'.

 However - the biggest and most annoying drawback to this particular scanner is the cost!

$749 AUD is way too high for this Scanner.

OK - I can accept the fact that Uniden have updated a US Model to suit Australia, which in our limited Scanning market is something we shouldn't take for granted and thumbs up to Uniden for offering the consumer another product...but the only market that I can see in Australia that make even consider this Scanner is Tasmanian buyers.. and at $749, I would still keep my hands in my pockets.

Anyone else in the country can import one of these ex-USA and save yourself around $200AUD. Check out US prices - there are very good buys at the moment and if you can get a deal on the shipping... it makes it a serious consideration... even with the AUD$ being terrible at the moment.

I've used it for the SA GRN, NSW GRN and of course it works perfect for the Victorian CFA. (Actually using the BCD325P2 to monitor a fire near the Victorian/SA Border as I write)

I have found the US Model to be more than sufficient for anyone using it on mainland Australia.

As for Tasmania who still use the EDACS system (this will change to an Apco 25 apparently), the BCD325P2-AU scanner offers those guys the full 800Mhz range, but the US model BCD325P2 does not.

So if EDACS is your 'thing' this would be the only reason I would consider this scanner...

Then why not just buy a UBCD396XT? Exactly.

The BCD325P2-AU is NOT a replacement for the UBCD396XT. It is strictly a limited model.

The UBCD396XT is a well liked - robust and other than smashing it with a hammer, super reliable Scanner. I've had virtually hundreds pass through my hands and only ever come across two that have failed.(Speaker issue) They just go and go...

There will be a public version of the CFA issued UBCD436-PT Scanner coming out soon with a retail point of around $500.

The UBCD536PT Desktop Scanner is due for release within 10 days of writing this and at a RRP of $780 AUD this would surely be a better buy than the BCD325P2-AU. ? Let’s hope that Uniden come to their senses and drop the price on the BCD325P2-AU and then I would have no hesitation in recommending that everyone go out and by one for their collection.

As a wise man once told me - 'you can never have too many scanners'